Earn your medical assistant associate degree at Globe University and be poised for success in one of the nation’s fastest-growing professions.
Medical Assistant Job Description
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a medical assistant’s job description includes a combination of both administrative and clinical functions, such as:
- Scheduling patient appointments
- Assisting physicians with patient exams
- Measuring vital signs
- Administering injections as directed by the physicians
- Recording and maintaining patient history and other personal information
- Preparing blood samples
Some medical assistants choose to specialize in a certain area according to the type of medical office they work in. A few specialized medical assistant positions include:
- Ophthalmic medical assistants and optometric assistants help ophthalmologists and optometrists provide eye care to patients by showing them how to insert, remove and care for contact lenses. Ophthalmic medical assistants also may assist an ophthalmologist during surgical procedures.
- Podiatric medical assistants work closely with podiatrists (foot doctors) in making castings of feet, exposing and developing X-rays and assisting podiatrists in surgical procedures.
Medical Assistant Job Outlook
The job outlook for medical assistants is expected to increase by 29 percent, or by 560,800 jobs through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.